So I just got back from quite a party filled weekend.
On Saturday night I went to a superhero themed party (there were 4 different Supermans) and on Sunday I went to this amazing 1920s themed picnic, which got me thinking all about one of my favorite parts of college, the theme party.
You’ve seen movies and TV and heard all about college parties. But one thing they tend to forget is that most, if not all, college parties have themes to them.
Since I am a big fan of dressing up (for literally any and all reasons) here are some of my favorite party themes, and how to dress for them.
The Great Fratsby
This is a pretty common theme on my campus, the 1920s party.
If you’re a girl, any dropwaisted dress and a headband will give you a flapper vibe.
Men, stuff like bowties, suspenders, and suits all work for this theme. This is also one of the only appropriate occasions to wear a fedora.
Shop at: Goodwill, Forever 21
Red(neck) Wine and Cheese
Get country, this is a redneck party. Be ready for trashy outfits, and boxed wine. This theme once involved helping a girl in my freshman hall draw on a sharpie tramp-stamp.
Boys and girls, go as extreme as you can. Wear camo, jorts, cut offs, and sleeveless shirts. Bellys hanging out are par for the course.
Shop at: Walmart, Goodwill.
As in that Tom Cruise classic.
White Shirt, Black Boxers/Shorts (if you don’t want tighty whities), sunglasses, and socks.
Remember to wear real shoes, and be careful with that white shirt (white at a party is, dare I say it, risky business).
Shop at: Goodwill
That college classic. If you don’t end up chanting “toga toga toga” by the end of the night, you’re doing it wrong.
Use your spare sheets or some extra fabric, don’t buy anything new. White isn’t necessary. If you want to wear a wreath, check out the craft store.
Shop at: Your bedroom
So you may have seen, on facebook, pictures of girls wearing dresses made of table cloths and duct tape. Well, this is for one of those tricky themes, Anything But Clothes.
Where to shop: The dollar store or party city.
Buy cheap materials and don’t be afraid to get creative. And above all: WEAR SOMETHING UNDERNEATH. If your costume falls apart, have a backup.
Anything and “Sluts”
So I haven’t run across this theme at my school, but my friends assure me that this is a real thing. “Army bros and Navy hoes” or “CEOs and office hoes” are real party themes that some people try to get away with.
What to wear: Sweatpants, you’re staying in tonight, because that theme is degrading to women and not worth your time.
Did I leave out your favorite theme? Is there a cryptic party code you just can’t crack? Tell us all about it in the comments.